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Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out...

Weakened Hurricane Epsilon skirting just east of Bermuda

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Epsilon's maximum sustained winds dropped Thursday as it continues to skirt east of Bermuda over the Atlantic Ocean. ...

2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan...

Major Hurricane Epsilon: Tropical storm warning for Bermuda

MIAMI (AP) — Epsilon rapidly gained major hurricane strength on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to skirt east of Bermuda in the coming day,...

Northern California to see more dry, windy conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California entered a new round of fire danger Wednesday as forecasters predicted the ongoing dry conditions will be punctuated...

Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups asked a federal court Wednesday to throw out the Trump administration's assessment of oil and gas activity’s likely...

More fire-prevention power shutoffs possible in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electricity may be shut off to about 54,000 Northern California utility customers this week to try to prevent power lines...

Epsilon strengthens to a hurricane as it approaches Bermuda

MIAMI (AP) — Epsilon has strengthened into a hurricane, the 10th of the Atlantic season, as it approaches Bermuda on Thursday. ...

Mexico halfway through quake restoration of old churches

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The earthquake struck in seconds, but three years later restorers still face a monumental task: about half of the 2,340...

5.6-magnitude earthquake hits Iceland, no injuries reported

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Iceland on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the capital, Reykjavik. There were no immediate reports of...

Large earthquake off Alaska prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 7.5 earthquake prompted a tsunami warning Monday for a nearly thousand-mile stretch of Alaska’s southern coast, with waves...

Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthens in the central Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthened Monday morning in the central Atlantic, the latest in what has been a very active hurricane season. ...

Belgium fears virus “tsunami” as virus cases keep soaring

BRUSSELS (AP) — Bars and restaurants across Belgium shut down for a month and a night-time curfew took effect Monday as health authorities warned...

Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are rallying people in a place...

Report: Damage from August wind storm in Midwest at $7.5B

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Damage estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa and some other parts of the Midwest in August...

AP Exclusive: Utility lacked basic training before blackouts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to large swaths of wildfire-prone Northern California last fall, few of the emergency...

Police: Teen boys sparked fire on San Francisco area hill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area police say two teens have admitted to starting a grass fire that scarred an iconic hillside...

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from...

Power cut to thousands in California to prevent wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people in wine country were without power Thursday amid a fall heat wave that brought another round of...

Mitt Romney calls for US commission to deal with wildfires

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on diminishing future wildfire...

Man shelters 300 dogs from Hurricane Delta in Mexico home

LEONA VICARIO, Mexico (AP) — As the dangerous Hurricane Delta closed in on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ricardo Pimentel opened his home — to about...

Tanzania asks for aircraft to battle fire on Mt. Kilimanjaro

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania's government is hoping helicopters and planes will help put out a fire raging on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain...

Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed...

Facing new fire threat, PG&E cuts power to tens of thousands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric began turning off power to more than 50,000 Northern California customers Wednesday evening as dry, windy...

Fierce winds fan Rockies wildfires, new evacuations ordered

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Strong winds fanned two Rocky Mountain wildfires Wednesday, prompting new evacuation orders as one spread toward communities outside Rocky Mountain...

Fall heat wave bringing California more fire danger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s siege of wildfires has significantly quieted but forecasters warned Tuesday that a fall heat wave will bring back high...

UN: Climate change means more weather disasters every year

GENEVA (AP) — In the wake of heat waves, global warming, forest fires, storms, droughts and a rising number of hurricanes, the U.N. weather...

Assad makes rare visit to areas hit by fires in west Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has made a rare public visit to the coastal province of Latakia where he toured areas that...

Southern California Edison focus of wildfire probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators are looking into the possibility that tree branches hitting Southern California Edison electrical equipment may have sparked a fire...

Louisiana’s back-to-back hurricanes: Future unsure for many

CAMERON, La. (AP) — Michele Vincent’s home was largely intact in spite of hurricanes Laura and Delta. But tears streamed down her face as...

‘We can’t lose our momentum:’ Louisiana vows to rebuild

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Back-to-back hurricanes in the space of six weeks left parts of Louisiana blanketed Sunday with tarpaulins, mangled metal and...

Team investigating deadly Calif. fire seizes PG&E equipment

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Fire investigators looking into what caused a wildfire that killed four people in far Northern California have taken possession...

Delta adds insult to injury in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The day after Hurricane Delta blew through besieged southern Louisiana, residents started the routine again: dodging overturned cars on...

Warming trend means California’s lethal fire season not over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cool weather and light drizzle in some places provided relief for firefighters working to increase containment of numerous wildfires across...

Report: Iowa’s derecho crop losses increase by more than 50%

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Crop loss estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%,...

Hurricane Delta inflicts new damage on storm-weary Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Ripping tarps from already damaged roofs and scattering debris piled by roadsides, Hurricane Delta inflicted a new round of...

California fire investigators seize utility equipment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire investigators looking into what caused a wildfire that killed four people in far Northern California have taken possession of...

State takes over Houston’s Harvey home repair program

HOUSTON (AP) — All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged...

Wedding before the storm: Delta speeds up couple’s nuptials

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Delta sped up one Louisiana couple's wedding by a few days, but judging by the smiles on the bride...

‘This is not a bad dream’: New hurricane menaces Louisiana

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents confronting the menace of a new hurricane weeks after one battered parts of the state got stark warnings...

California authorities identify 2 more fire victims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman and a child have been identified as two of four people killed in a blaze in Northern California,...

California eradicates 1.1 million illegal marijuana plants

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s annual campaign against illegal marijuana cultivation eradicated more than 1.1 million plants and 20.5 tons (18,597 kilograms) of processed...

Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster

Hurricane Delta, gaining strength as it bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, is the latest and nastiest in a recent flurry of rapidly...

Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — For the sixth time in the Atlantic hurricane season, people in Louisiana are once more fleeing the state's barrier...

Hurricane Delta lashes Mexico’s Yucatan, then heads for US

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Delta emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday and headed toward Louisiana after making landfall just south of...

Macron visits flood-ravaged mountains above French Riviera

SAINT-MARTIN-VESUBIE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said it will take months to rebuild buildings, roads and bridges that will allow an area...

Chance of rain fades in fire-scarred Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hope for rain late this week over wildfire-scarred Northern California was fading Wednesday. ...

Dangerous Hurricane Delta closing in on Mexico’s Yucatan

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm Tuesday while on a course to hammer Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula...

California wildfires are larger than ever, but not deadlier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With months still to go in California’s fire season, the state has already shattered records for the amount of land...

Delta grows into hurricane in Caribbean; eyes Yucatan, Cuba

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Delta rapidly strengthened into a hurricane in the Caribbean Monday, aiming to hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula potentially as...

Epic scale of California wildfires continues to grow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The staggering scale of California's wildfires reached another milestone Monday: A single fire surpassed 1 million acres. ...

Evacuations remain as progress made against Nevada fire

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An evacuation order remained in place but fire officials said they were making progress Monday against a wildfire north of...

Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a year that has already brought apocalyptic skies and smothering smoke to the West Coast, California set a grim...

France, Italy search for missing victims after deadly floods

PARIS (AP) — French authorities deployed about 1,000 firefighters, four military helicopters and troops to search for at least eight people who were missing...

California wildfires on the brink of burning 4 million acres

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Red flag warnings of extreme fire danger subsided, but warm and dry weather continued to challenge firefighters battling more than...

Orphaned, burned mountain lion rescued from California fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An orphaned mountain lion cub who was badly burned in a Northern California wildfire is being treated at the Oakland...

California nears milestone: 4 million acres burned in fires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is poised to hit a fearsome milestone: 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) burned this year by wildfires that...

Winds intensifying as firefighters battle fire in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winds grew stronger Thursday in California's wine country, threatening to escalate a massive wildfire that has burned for days and...

Much of U.S. Southwest left parched after monsoon season

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Cities across the U.S. Southwest recorded their driest monsoon season on record this year, some with only a trace or...

Judge tosses case over chemical plant fire during Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed the criminal case against a chemical manufacturer and one of its former employees over a fire...

Pacific Power utility sued over devastating Oregon wildfires

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three Pacific Northwest law firms have filed a class action lawsuit against the Pacific Power utility and its parent company,...

Report: FEMA fumbled in Puerto Rico after storms Irma, Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. government report published Thursday found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency mismanaged the distribution of goods...

Earthquake swarm rattles rural southeastern California

WESTMORLAND, Calif. (AP) — An earthquake swarm continued Thursday in a rural area of southeastern California with a history of such seismic activity. ...

California wildfire evacuees return home to find devastation

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in Northern California wine country Wednesday to find only the charred...

No damage, injuries in Southern California earthquake swarm

WESTMORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A swarm of earthquakes, the largest a magnitude-4.9, rattled Southern California near the Mexico border Wednesday evening but no damage...

Getting warmer: Trump concedes human role in climate change

President Donald Trump publicly acknowledged that humans bear some blame for climate change, but scientists say the president still isn't dealing with the reality...

Japan court orders gov’t, TEPCO to pay in Fukushima disaster

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Wednesday found the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant negligent for failing to...

4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in Northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. Officials said...

California’s wine country residents facing fire fatigue

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Will Abrams and his family packed their pickup truck with laptops, clothes, sleeping bags and a tent and quickly left...

Worldwide grief: Death toll from coronavirus tops 1 million

NEW DELHI (AP) — Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India...

Dying winds give crews hope in Northern California fires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Easing winds gave California firefighters a break Tuesday as they battled a destructive wildfire that was driven by strong winds...

3 killed in Northern California wildfire; thousands flee

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California's wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying...

Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million

NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the...

Northern California sheriff says three people have died in a fast-moving wildfire west of...

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California sheriff says three people have died in a fast-moving wildfire west of Redding.

Power shut off set for 65,000 California electric customers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power will be shut off for 65,000 Northern California electric customers in 16 counties to prevent the spread of wildfires...

Power company plans series of shutoffs to prevent wildfires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of California's largest power companies announced Saturday it plans to temporarily shut off power to residents of 16 counties...

California braces for power shutoffs and warm, windy weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas...

Scorched California faces more hot, dry and windy weather

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rain showers fell Thursday on the northwestern edges of fire-ravaged California, but forecasters warned residents to not be fooled: A...

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an...

Clarification: Western Wildfires-Special Places story

DETROIT LAKE, Ore. (AP) — In a story published September 22, 2020, The Associated Press reported that George Atiyeh, a storied logger-turned-conservationist who was...

Kings Canyon, Yosemite parks reopen as air quality improves

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Kings Canyon National Park reopened to visitors on Wednesday and Yosemite National Park will welcome back visitors on...

Beta continues slow trek, bringing rain to several states

HOUSTON (AP) — A weakened Beta continued its slow trek across several Southern states on Wednesday, bringing rainfall to parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and...

Utility equipment eyed as possible source of fire near LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into whether a huge wildfire near Los Angeles was sparked by Southern California Edison utility equipment,...

Few resources, old-growth forest allowed for fire’s growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving wildfire to make an unprecedented...

Firefighter who died in blaze was on elite Hotshot crew

A California firefighter killed while battling a blaze in the mountains east of Los Angeles was identified Tuesday as a member of an elite...

Beta weakens to tropical depression, stalls over Texas coast

HOUSTON (AP) — Beta weakened to a tropical depression Tuesday as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in...

Close call with storm renews debate over Houston barrier

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario —...

Dog trapped in 30-foot hole lured to safety with beef jerky

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A group of mountain bikers on a North Carolina trail spotted a dog trapped 30 feet (9 meters) down in...

Slow moving Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall on Texas coast as total rainfall it...

HOUSTON (AP) — Slow moving Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall on Texas coast as total rainfall it could bring remains unclear.

Biggest unknown with Beta is how much rain it will bring

HOUSTON (AP) — As Tropical Storm Beta neared the Texas coast Monday, the biggest unknown was how much rainfall it could produce in areas...

Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes...

Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas and Louisiana

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Beta trudged toward the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, threatening to bring more rain, wind and stress...

California wildfire likely to grow from wind, low humidity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square...

Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline, the Census Bureau must now contend with several natural disasters...

Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season was churning along Saturday as the Texas coast prepared for a tropical storm that...

Desert communities told to evacuate as winds stoke flames

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to...

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong afternoon winds intensified a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities...

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds pushed a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles onto the desert...

Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes

America's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were...

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles Southern California

SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck Southern California late Friday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. ...

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